Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 2/25/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-7)
The Toronto Raptors are traveling to Little Caesars Arena on Saturday where they will play the Detroit Pistons. Detroit opens this matchup as 7-point dogs. The total is set at 228.
The Raptors took the court against the Pelicans and took home the win by a score of 115-110 in their last contest. When discussing personal fouls, the Raptors walked away with 20 while the Pelicans totaled 19 personal fouls. They buried 13 out of their 30 attempts from distance. New Orleans shot 76.0% at the free throw line by making 19 of their 25 attempts. On top of that, New Orleans snagged 43 rebounds (6 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 5 rejections. New Orleans dished out 23 assists and had 6 steals for this game. When talking about the defense, Toronto allowed 46.4% from the field on 39 of 84 shooting. They also doled out 17 assists for the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When discussing hauling in boards, they earned a total of 48 with 11 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Raptors made 20 of their 25 shots for a percentage of 80.0%. Toronto finished the contest having earned a 46.7% FG percentage (43 of 92) and knocked down 9 out of their 31 three-point shots.
Pascal Siakam is a player who was important for the game. Siakam ended up going 42.9% from the floor and also dished out 5 dimes. He saw the court for 38 minutes and grabbed 4 boards. He ended up walking away with 26 points on 9 of 21 shooting.
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Toronto enters this game with a record of 29-31 so far this season. They currently have an average of 113.4 pts per game (20th in the league) while shooting 45.7% from the floor. The Raptors are shooting 33.5% from downtown (650 of 1,938) and 78.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Toronto is collecting 42.9 rebounds per contest and has earned 1,394 assists on the season, which has them ranked 23rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 11.9 times per game and as a team are committing 20.5 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Raptors are forcing 16.6 turnovers every game and they draw 20.7 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 37.2% on three-point shots and they are 11th in basketball in PPG allowed (112.4). The Raptors defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 49.0% (2,434 of 4,967) and they surrender 42.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 26th in the league in giving up assists with 1,558 surrendered this season.
When they last played, the Pistons walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 108-106 against the Magic. The Pistons pulled down 39 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 45 for the contest. They also turned the ball over 19 times, while getting 5 steals for the game. The Magic were called for 19 personal fouls for the contest which took the Pistons to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to convert 15 of those for a clip of 78.9%. In the matter of shooting from downtown, Detroit buried 17 out of 34 tries (50.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Pistons finished 37 for 81 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.7%. The Pistons permitted the Magic to make 39 of 95 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.1% in this contest. They finished 38.7% from 3-point land by connecting on 12 of 31 and ended up shooting 18 out of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Detroit allowed Orlando to snag 46 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
Jaden Ivey ended up being a major contributor for the Pistons in this contest. Ivey earned 25 points in his 31 minutes on the court and totaled 4 assists for the game. He knocked down 9 out of 13 for this contest for a rate of 69.2%, and earned 2 rebounds.
Detroit has a win-loss mark of 15-45 on the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Pistons are shooting 45.5% from the field, which is 28th in the NBA. Detroit has scored 6,730 points for the campaign (112.2 per game) and they snag 42.3 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 22.8 times per game (26th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.0 times per contest. The Pistons are committing 22.4 fouls per game and they shoot 77.3% from the charity stripe.
The Detroit defense surrenders 36.1% on shots from distance (730 of 2,020) and their opponents are connecting on 78.8% of their foul shots. They allow 25.7 dimes and 45.0 boards every game, which ranks them 19th and 25th in the league. The Pistons on defense are ranked 29th in the league in PPG allowed with 119.7. They are forcing their opponents into 14.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 49.1% from the field (28th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-7)
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